Saturday, 2 July 2016

vintage love

Hello all , its been such a long time since i was last here as always and i have been keeping busy
The beautiful fabrics above are from " The Festival of Vintage "which was held in April at york racecourse , the stall was The Button Tin and i just fell in love as soon as i saw the lovely displays

 I had pre booked myself into the embroidery class and i could have stayed there all day , the area was just amazing with so much to look at and it was a lovely festival one which i enjoy every year




I have been frequenting another favourite place of mine lately , Dulcie Butterfly tea rooms near to where i live ,a perfect place for a nice pot of tea and a scone , it has a lovely vintage feel and it is full of gifts to buy so i never come away empty handed
My love of vintage things started as a young girl , when as children my brothers and sisters would visit my grandmother in Leeds every Sunday , we would walk around Roundhay park around the lakes and flower gardens and then go back to my grandmothers for afternoon tea .She lived in a big terraced house which had a cellar full of coal and an attic which seemed scary at the time , she had a coal fire in the kitchen which we would huddle round to keep warm and we would eat tea in the " Back room " and she would always make mandarin jelly .Her house had lots of Eiderdowns on the beds and i just loved it there , it is only now later in life that i appreciate how lovely sundays were there with my family .Then of course Cath kidston arrived and i fell in love once again and ive been a fan ever since 

Vintage fabrics make my heart swoon ,i just love the colours and delicate patterns

I have been working on a few projects myself , trying to get many things finished


I decided not to take anyone else on , i just thought i would carry on myself , i would of course if i ever get a little shop as they could work there with me as i just don't have the space at home for 2 of us to work , i will hopefully one day have my dream of a vintage style tea rooms and shop but until then i will keep on working from my little den 
My dear father recently bought me this book ,the images inside are just dreamy and all that vintage is about


I have made a few makes too with vintage fabrics




I had bought a few bits and bobs too 


Fabrics of course ,i just cant help but buy fabrics to make into beautiful things for people to buy , i still get a buzz when i sell things 



I love to have fresh flowers in the house especially roses




Thank you for popping by to see me and for your lovely comments ,if you do fancy popping by my shop the link is www.patchworkandlace.co.uk
Much love Francine xxxx

Thursday, 25 February 2016

This and That !


Hello dear bloggy friends , hope you are all well , time is whizzing past as always and life is very busy but i am the happiest i have ever been , i love my life , my home and my children are my world and at nearly 20 , 17 and 9 they are growing up so fast i can hardly believe it and i have been blessed to have them as my own
My business is going so well too and i feel i am at the stage now that i could take someone on to help me as i simply just don't have the time to make all the lines i want to , i forever feel i'm on catch up which is of course fabulous that i am busy but i'm just not sure where to take it now
In a lot of ways i am happy just how it is, plodding on at my own pace but it's that nagging feeling that i could do so much more if i had someone to help me so i am at a cross roads and not sure which road i am going to take

I am loving the new Cath Kidston range this season and have treated myself to many things already ,the fabrics are very popular and i am loving all the designs


The cushions and buntings i make are always popular in Cath Kidston fabrics .
I am on Instagram a lot these days which i love and of course pinterest and i used to spend a lot of time looking through blogs all these are a big source of inspiration for me but again it is down to time and fitting everything in.
I also love this time of year and all the spring flowers and bulbs that are appearing
We just have a yard at the back which is a fairly good size and a bit of grass but this is enough for me , i have lots of pots and it's a very low maintenance garden which suits me ,the weather has been sunny and bright the last few days and the days are lengthening which i love so i am itching to get outside and pot up some plants for the warmer weather and the thought of bbqs and warm summer evenings are joyous to me , the winters always seem so  long .I however love all the seasons and by the end of summer i am ready for Autumn and the dark nights and snuggly evenings cuddled into soft blankets by the fire
well its late and lots to do tomorow so my bed is calling , thank you for popping by to see me and thank you always for your lovely comments
much love
Francine xxx

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Its been a while !

Well hello dear bloggy friends , again it has been a while and i hope to find you all fine and dandy
We are all settled into our new home and my work space is a snug corner in my bedroom which suits very nicely with all my sewing bits and bobs





 


The months have been flying past and christmas is so near now i really cant believe how quickly it has come round again, a few christmasy things have been appearing here and there


My little shop has been busy and lots of orders keeping me busy especially this time of year , here are a few things i have been working on 











I have been enjoying making these patchy stockings and lots of patchy quilts too


 and some homey pics to finish off



well thank you always for popping by and for your comments ,if you want to pop by my shops the links are
much love Francine x